The country is governed for the richest, for the corporations, the bankers, the land speculators, and for the exploiters of labor.
Helen Keller, 1911
The greatest threat to the planet and every creature who inhabits it is capitalism, at least in its present dominant frenetic mode that relentlessly exploits the world’s resources and its inhabitants, including both humans and the other species with whom we share this world, to satisfy the greed of the few.
Capitalism is the root cause of most the world’s problems including war, it is the overriding cause of the continual social unrest that threatens world peace, it is responsible for the deaths of millions of people and billions of animals and the destruction of our environment.
It is capitalism that has plunged millions into poverty as a result of the so called banking crisis which is really a ploy to control millions of people to enslave them to low wages and increasing poverty. For it’s most obvious crime it is responsible for the death of one child every 3 seconds in Africa, a so called developing country.
Capitalism is responsible moreover for the ever increasing exploitation of the other beings with whom we share this world.
Basically capitalism puts profits before the needs of billions of people, other animals and the environment. Yet still today, despite all the pervasive misery and suffering, few actually speak out against this malignant cancer that ruins the lives of the vast majority of the world’s population, robbing them of health, security, happiness, quality of life and life itself.
There follows a selection of quotations from eminent people past and present and others less well known concerning the evils of capitalism which I would like to share here today. The truth of these statements cannot be denied and are as relevant today if not more so than when they were written.
The Rich Get Richer
The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.
These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) President of the United States.
“I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.”
Eugene Victor Debs
The events of recent years with the rampant unbridled spread of capitalism confirms the above statements and is precisely what is happening here in the UK and elsewhere. The by-now well known phrase uttered by the worse prime minister in history “We are all in it together “ certainly rankles doesn’t it, yet it is so true for indeed the capitalists, in association with governments, are united to impoverish and take what little people have in order to acquire more and more wealth for themselves. These are the privileged few, the one percent whom it seems have an insatiable appetite for wealth and material comfort far in access of their requirements and at the expense of those far less fortunate.
On Corporate Domination of the Government
“Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, for the people and by the people, but a government for Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street. The great common people of this country are slaves, and monopoly is the master…Let the bloodhounds of money who have dogged us thus far beware.”
Mary Elizabeth Lease, 1890
Globalization has gone wrong, as it has no rules. Multinationals are almost above the law. They are so huge they are bigger than governments.
Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
John Maynard Keynes
“Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.”
“In the Soviet Union, capitalism triumphed over communism. In this country, capitalism triumphed over democracy.”
Capitalism is Slavery
“The present age handed over the workers, each alone and defenceless, to the unbridled greed of competitors… so that a very few and exceedingly rich men have laid a yoke of almost slavery on the unnumbered masses of non-owning workers.”
Pope Leo XIII
“The system we live under, capitalism, is the root cause of most of the world’s problems, and war is an inherent feature of it
Under capitalism, the resources, the products of the world, and the means to produce them are controlled by a small number of capitalists. The other 5 billion of us are forced to work for this tiny elite either in factories, offices or on the land. In return for this “privilege” we get a wage at the end of the week. For the billions who live outside the rich Western countries, this wage, if you’re lucky enough to have a job, is barely enough to live on.”
Capitalism and the Destruction of the Environment
“The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed into dead gold bricks, with luxury items for the few and toxic slag heaps for the many. The glittering mansion overlooks a vast sprawl of shanty towns, wherein a desperate, demoralized humanity is kept in line with drugs, television, and armed force.”
Michael Parenti, Against Empire
“When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money.”
Ethics should precede economics… We know this because we’ve seen the results of capitalism without conscience: the pollution of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat; the endangerment of workers; and the sale of dangerous products — from cars to toys to drugs. All in pursuit of greater and greater profits.
Capitalism and Animal Exploitation
Despite a thorough search there appears to be no direct quotations concerning the effects of capitalism on animals.
Without a doubt contemporary unfettered Capitalism is responsible for the escalation of the dreadful mistreatment of the other species with whom we share this world. Aided by technological advancements it outdoes any previous civilisation who also considered the abuses of animals as normal behaviour. The capitalist system has increased the exploitation and abuse of animals with the shocking additions of vivisection (animal experimentation) and factory farming – both of which constitute the legal torture and abuse of defenceless sentient beings for the sake of accruing wealth for the few under the guise of providing for the many. Capitalism is also responsible for environmental damage on a global level hitherto unequalled which in turn affects other species along with ourselves driving many animals to extinction. Today biodiversity is at an all-time low, the lowest it has been during the entire duration of human history.
Clearly there is a connection between capitalism’s exploitation of animals, its destruction of the environment and the enslavement and abuse of human beings.
The following however deals with this subject which appears to be discussed very little despite the obvious and devastating effects that capitalism has had and continues to have upon animals
The Evils of Capitalism
The worst evil of Capitalism according to Einstein
“The profit motive, in conjunction with competition among capitalists…leads to a huge waste of labor, and to that crippling of the social consciousness of individuals which I mentioned before.
“This crippling of individuals I consider the worst evil of capitalism. Our whole educational system suffers from this evil. An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career. I am convinced there is only one way to eliminate these grave evils, namely through the establishment of a socialist economy, accompanied by an educational system which would be oriented toward social goals.…The education of the individual, in addition to promoting his own innate abilities, would attempt to develop in him a sense of responsibility for his fellow-men in place of the glorification of power and success in our present society.”
Albert Einstein, “Why Socialism?” The Monthly Review, May 1949
“Capitalism produced colonialism, opium wars, slavery, Spanish-American war, Boer war, starvation, apartheid, anti-union laws, the first world wide war, mustard gas, aerial bombing, the American genocide, chemical weapons, fascism, hunger marches, Nazism, the Spanish civil war, Militarism, Asbestosis, the second world war, Hiroshima, Dresden, racism, nuclear weapons, the Korean war, DDT, McCarthyism, thalidomide, poverty, environmental degradation, the Vietnam war, Gulf war, Iraq war, Zionism, trade in human body parts, malnutrition, the Heroin and Cocaine trade, Tuberculosis, exploitation of labor and the death of 50,000,000 communists and trade unionists… selling bad malaria drugs to poor African countries…etc”
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“The evils of capitalism are as real as the evils of militarism and evils of racism.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Here is the biggest evil of capitalism in my opinion. It encourages and rewards the raping of the planet, decimation of life and holding hostage of ideas for personal gain.”
General Anti-capitalist Quotes
“People who dismiss the unemployed and dependant as’ parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.”
“Capitalism is founded on greed and envy “
Finally a pronouncement by Michael Moore which he made at the conclusion of his documentary Capitalism: A Love Story.
“Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil. You have to eliminate it and replace it with something that is good for all people and that something is democracy.”